Masse’s bid for third consecutive 100m backstroke world title ruined by Regan Smith

These days, Kylie Masse is pleased to be in contention for a pool medal, given the challenges of navigating a global pandemic.

The LaSalle, Ontario native hit the wall in second place in 58.40 seconds in a failed bid for a third consecutive world title in the women’s 100m backstroke on Monday at the FINA Aquatic Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

“I am very happy to be on the podium,” Masse told Swimming Canada. “I think after the craziness of the last couple of years [dealing with COVID-19] I am proud to be able to continue fighting for the podium with these girls. This is something I’m very proud of.”

Masse has won a backstroke medal in 10 consecutive major international competitions since 2015, the longest career by a Canadian woman. She is also tied with her teammate and seven-time Olympic medalist Penny Oleksiak for most podium finishes in the feature race event with six.

CLOCK | Masse captures the backstroke silver medal in the aquatic worlds:

Canadian Kylie Masse wins world championship silver medal in 100m backstroke

Kylie Masse of LaSalle, Ontario, won a silver medal in the women’s 100m backstroke at the FINA World Championships in Budapest.

Masse, 26, got off to a strong start in Monday’s race, posting the fastest reaction time of 0.53 to Regan Smith’s 0.55.

The American swimmer led Masse by 6-100 seconds through 50 meters and held on for victory in 58.22.

“[It wasn’t] necessarily the time that I feel like I’m capable of, and I was a little bit frustrated because I had a bad touch,” said Masse, who trains at Swimming Canada’s High Performance Center in Toronto. “There are so many amazing backstroke swimmers here and around the world. the last couple of years.

“It has been a great challenge and I am continually motivated by them to push myself.”

CLOCK | Kylie Masse has never missed a podium finish in the 100m backstroke:

Kylie Masse has never missed a podium finish in the 100m backstroke

Canada’s Kylie Masse cannot miss out on a podium finish as she added silver to her 100m backstroke gold medal at the 2022 World Aquatics Championships.

Smith, who posted the fastest qualifying time for the final at 57.65, was a bronze medalist at last summer’s Olympics in Tokyo, where Masse took silver in the 100m and 200m backstroke and bronze in the 100m medley relay. feminine.

Smith’s teammate Claire Curzan was third on Monday in 58.67.

Masse, the reigning Olympic silver medalist, posted the second-fastest time in Sunday’s preliminaries and semifinals, winning her heat with 58.89 in the morning and 58.57 in the evening.

CLOCK | Masse has had a ‘killer instinct’ in the pool since childhood:

Kylie Masse and her ‘killer instinct’ ready to compete in the aquatic worlds

She is one of the elite backstroke swimmers, and it is her fierce competitiveness that drives Kylie Masse to want to be the best.

Ruck advances to the final of the women’s 200 free

On Monday, in other action, Oleksiak was disqualified from the semifinals of the women’s 200-meter freestyle for getting out of the studs too quickly.

“I’ve never made a false start in my life. I hope it never happens again,” said Oleksiak, who last week pulled out of next month’s Commonwealth Games to prepare for the 2023 season leading up to the 2024 Olympics in Paris. .

Taylor Ruck of Kelowna, BC, qualified sixth of 15 athletes in 1:56.80 for Tuesday’s final at 12:17 pm ET, nearly a second faster than his performance of 1:57.60 at the Canadian trials in April.

“I felt pretty good,” he told Swimming Canada. “I just wanted to be faster than testing. It’s the fastest I’ve been in a long time, so I’m constantly building and getting faster.”

CLOCK | Ruck qualifies for the women’s 200m freestyle final:

Taylor Ruck advances to 200m freestyle final, Penny Oleksiak disqualified at worlds swimming

Taylor Ruck of Kelowna, BC advanced from the women’s 200m freestyle semifinals, while Toronto’s Penny Oleksiak was disqualified at the FINA world championships in Budapest.

On Saturday, Oleksiak and Ruck joined Maggie MacNeil and Kayla Sanchez to win 100 relay silver on the opening day of the competition.

They swam to a time of 3:31.15, 1.2 seconds behind Australia and ahead of the Americans who were 1.63 seconds behind.

CLOCK | Oleksiak leads the Canadian women to silver in the 100-meter relay:

Canada wins silver in 4×100 freestyle relay at world aquatics championships

The group of Maggie Mac Neil, Taylor Ruck, Kayla Sanchez and Penny Oleksiak finished with a time of 3:31.15 to place second in the FINA World Aquatics Championships competition in Budapest, Hungary.

Other Canadian results:

  • Patrick Hussey, Beaconsfield, Que. — 24th in men’s 200 butterfly preliminaries (personal best 2:00.24) in his national team debut.
  • James Dergousoff, Christina Lake, BC — Disqualified in the 50 breaststroke preliminaries.

Coverage continues through July 3, with daily finals broadcast live on CBC, CBC Sports App and CBC Gem.

Ceccon sets world record in men’s 100m backstroke

Italian Thomas Ceccon has set a world record in the men’s 100m backstroke.

He clocked 51.60 seconds in Budapest on Monday to shave 0.15 seconds off American Ryan Murphy’s previous best record from the 2016 Olympics.

Ceccon is the second Italian to set a world record in long-distance swimming after Giorgio Lambert, who held the record in the men’s 200m freestyle between 1989 and 1999.

At 21, Ceccon is also the youngest gold medalist in the men’s 100m backstroke at a world championships since 19-year-old Aaron Piersol of the United States won in 2003.

CLOCK | Canadian Josh Liendo ‘glad’ to be a role model for black swimmers:

Josh Liendo enjoys being a role model for black swimmers

As the only black man on Canada’s national swim team, Josh Liendo is proud of his roots and what he has accomplished in the sport.

Ledecky dominates the women’s 1,500 meters

American Katie Ledecky dominated the women’s 1,500m freestyle event to claim her second gold medal at these worlds.

Ledecky, who won the women’s 400m event on the opening day, clinched the gold medal in 15 minutes, 30.15 seconds.

The 25-year-old finished more than 14 seconds ahead of compatriot Katie Grimes for silver, while Australia’s Lani Pallister won bronze, 8.81 seconds behind Ledecky.

“I love this pool, I knew I pushed myself to swim well and got into a rhythm,” Ledecky said.

“I have the relay, that’s next on the agenda and then I’ll tackle the 800m. We’ll see [if I can get a record].”

Said Pallister: “I don’t think anyone will surpass Katie for a while, but I definitely think she’s a goal for everyone going forward. She’s definitely set the standard for distance swimming in the world.”

Pallister’s bronze was her country’s first medal in this race. The 1,500m freestyle was the only women’s event at a world championships in which an Australian swimmer had not finished on the podium.

Canada’s water polo squad draws with Italy

The Canadian women’s water polo team tied Italy 7-7 to open its world championship on Monday. Emma Wright of Lindsay, Ont., and Hayley McKelvey of North Delta, BC led Canada with two goals apiece.

Calgary’s Kelly McKee, Toronto’s Verica Bakoc and Winnipeg’s Shae La Roche also scored. Goalkeeper Jessica Gaudreault was named player of the match.

Canada’s men start Tuesday against Spain and the women take on Colombia on Wednesday.

Elsewhere on Monday:

  • Romanian teenager David Popovici broke the junior world record when he claimed victory to take gold in the men’s 200m freestyle. The 17-year-old became the first Romanian swimmer to win gold at the world championships by finishing with a time of 1:43.21.

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